88 Cups of Tea

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JASON REYNOLDS: The Power of Story

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Curious to learn the power story can have in our healing processes? How about tips on navigating the financial side of the publishing industry? Or ways to vividly craft emotion in your story? We talk about it all and more with author Jason Reynolds.

Jason is an award-winning and New York Times bestselling author of his many books including When I Was the Greatest, Boy in the Black Suit, All American Boys (co-written with Brendan Kiely), As Brave as You, For Every One, the Track series, Long Way Down, which received both a Newbery Honor and a Printz Honor, and his upcoming novel Look Both Ways.

In our conversation, we dive into the power of story and its ability to help work through hardships and trauma. We discuss writing from instincts when describing feelings and emotions, defining the sweet spot between science and soul in stories and the role this sweet spot plays in his editing process. Further into our conversation, we talk about survivor’s remorse as successful artists, how creating a lane for marginalized voices through access creates opportunities, and he unveils the financial side of the publishing industry. 

Say ‘Hi’ to Jason Reynolds on Twitter: https://twitter.com/JasonReynolds83

Head over to Jason’s shownotes page at  https://88cupsoftea.com/podcast/jason-reynolds/ to find the resources and books mentioned in his episode, tweetable quotes, and the timestamps of highlights throughout the entire conversation.

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